Community gathers in Gowanus to remember Brooklyn activist
New Yorkers gathered in Gowanus Wednesday to remember a Brooklyn activist whose son was killed by police 25 years ago.
Nicholas Heyward Sr. was a longtime Brooklyn activist, described by his loved ones as a community member who fought against police brutality. He died in 2018.
His son Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. was killed back in 1994 by a police officer. His family says he was playing when he was shot. Police thought he had a gun, it turned out to be a toy.
For decades, his father fought as a community organizer. His family says he wanted to make his neighborhood a better place.
On Wednesday, his loved ones gathered at Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. Park before making their way to a mural of him. Supporters say the goal is to celebrate the life of Heyward Sr. on what would've been his birthday. His wife says she plans to continue his legacy.
This comes as the national conversation continues around race and police brutality.